UN resolution strengthened resolve of Gaddafi's generals
Published 11/03/2011 | 05:00
BY requesting that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate possible crimes against humanity, the UN's Resolution 1970 was designed to send a clear message to Colonel Gaddafi and his regime.
But two weeks on and it seems that not only did the message fail to stop the violence but may be having the opposite effect to the one intended.
Whilst it was always unlikely that Gaddafi -- who had already announced his intention to "fight until the last drop of blood" -- would be unduly bothered by a threat of referral to the ICC, it was hoped that the military might take this loss of impunity more seriously. But rather than turn on Gaddafi, many of his generals and soldiers -- already complicit in putting down protests -- may have been forced into the same 'last stand' mentality as their leader.